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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandiose vision for a mile-high skyscraper dubbed "The Illinois," we set out to brew an imperial IPA that would be similar in name and ambition. "The Illinois" Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with three of our favorite hops: Cascade, Meridian, and Citra. the result is a harmoniously hoppy ale with a flavor and aroma that is uniquely Goose Island.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap at Cole’s, Buffalo. This did not come across like a DIPA, closer to a hoppy imperial lager. Mild citrus, well carbonated, minerally. Light grapefruit coloured body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Draft at Sedona, Charlottesville. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal, melon, resin hops and pale malts. The taste is melon, herbal, mild pine hops. Almost watermelon. Medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8433) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Pours clear golden, okay foam. Nose is really intense cheesecloth, sticky, not really fresh. Taste is juicy, mildly cheesy still, mothballs, basement, bitter grapefruit peel. Powerful grapefruit peel bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8423) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose/taste of perfumy hops, resin, pine cone, caramel malt, sticky sap and citrus peel. Medium body. A bit to perfumy for my liking, but not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Deep amber with a thin white head. The nose has a lot of bright berry and citrus with a touch of iced tea and some soft caramel as well. Bright and fruity with some lingering yeasty esters on the back. Sort of barleywineish with some lingering sweetness. A really nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8139) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Sample at Brew Kettle. The beer is a clear amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, malt and citrus. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and pine. The finish is moderately bitter with a grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Draft from Craft and Capone’s. Pours hazy dark straw toward copper wth clingy off-white head. Nose is huge tropical fruit, with notes of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, heavy black pepper, huge balanced caramel malt bill, and a smooth, delicious finish. This beer kicks major ass, and I dare say in a blind taste test would stand up to and even kick the ass of many of the world’s elite IPAs/IIPAs. I look at Chicago as a slightly better version of Detroit, and I look at Illinois as a superior IIPA. Get ya some now, or be labeled a moron, you moron! And if you cannot get this due to regional considerations, then I will gladly rescind the moron label, punk!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden orange hue with a large fluffy white head. Good lace. Aromas are of are floral, pine, citrusy, a bit of resin and windex. Grassy, somewhat fruity. Moderate sweet. Flavors are very malt forward, toasted, crystal, iced tea. Low hop, citrus, melon. Estery. Floral. Lively carbonation, fuller bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Orange juice malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Hazy golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange malt and strong bitter spruce/grapefruit peel flavor. Nice body. Good but nothing to set it apart.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
New brew from inbev. A decent dipa with an ample bitterness, citrus, and tropical notes.


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